Governor Peter Shumlin today requested a major disaster declaration from President Barack Obama for public assistance to help with infrastructure repairs in all Vermont counties except Grand Isle, and individual assistance for homeowners and businesses in counties where early assessments have been completed. Because assessments continue in some counties ‘ particularly in hard-hit southern Vermont ‘ a supplemental request will follow to add those areas. The public assistance request encompasses road, bridge and rail damage in Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, Rutland, Washington, Windham and Windsor counties. The initial individual declaration includes Chittenden, Washington, Rutland, and Windsor counties. It is expected that a supplemental request will add other counties, such as Windham and Orange, as assessors continue to tally the damage across Vermont from Tropical Storm Irene. Those additional requests will be added as quickly as possible. ‘We need to get the federal assistance approved and into the state as quickly as possible,’ Gov. Shumlin said. He noted that the state has already received an Emergency Declaration for Federal Assistance, which provided immediate assistance to begin getting emergency disaster relief efforts in place. Today’s response begins a more formal process of seeking full assistance for roads, bridges, homeowners and businesses, and other relief work. ‘The President and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate have pledged the full support of the federal government to help Vermont recover from the devastation left in the storm’s wake,’ Gov. Shumlin said. ‘We will begin moving forward with this declaration request and add the additional counties as the assessments are completed.’ Governor Shumlin said he is optimistic that the White House would approve the declaration quickly. If approved, the public assistance would provide a federal match for work on roads, bridges and other public infrastructure damaged in the flooding and winds of Irene. The individual assistance would help homeowners and businesses cover the costs of repairs, temporary housing rental, replacement of essential household items, medical and other disaster-related needs, and other needs that resulted from the storm. Source: Governor’s office. 9.1.2011
NAVARRO INVADER SHANCELOT SQUARES OFF WITH MANDELLA’S OMAHA BEACH IN SATURDAY’S GRADE I, $300,000 SANTA ANITA SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP AT SIX FURLONGS RACE IS A BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ CHALLENGE RACE QUALIFIER ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 2, 2019)–High percentage eastern-based trainer Jorge Navarro’s brilliant sprinter Shancelot will square off with Richard Mandella’s comebacking sophomore Omaha Beach, in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,00 Santa Anita Sprint Championship, a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race qualifier to the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint here on Nov. 2.With Shancelot and Omaha Beach, idle since winning the Grade I Arkansas Derby April 13, leading the way, a field of six 3-year-olds and up have signed on for Saturday’s Sprint Championship at six furlongs.SHANCELOTOwner: Ivan Rodriguez and Albert and Michelle CrawfordTrainer: Jorge NavarroA 12 ½ length winner of the Grade II, 6 ½ furlong Amsterdam Stakes two starts back at Saratoga on July 28, this 3-year-old colt by Shangai Bobby earned an incredible 121 Beyer Speed figure and was thus sent off as the 1-5 favorite in the Grade I, H. Allen Jerkens at seven furlongs Aug. 24, a race in which he opened up turning for home, but finished second, beaten a head. Headquartered at Monmouth Park following his defeat in the Jerkens, Shancelot has trained brilliantly, with his most recent work a half mile here at Santa Anita in 47.20 on Sept. 29–third best of 65 at the distance.OMAHA BEACHOwner: Fox Hill Farms, Inc.Trainer: Richard MandellaEntered to run and the morning line favorite in this year’s Kentucky Derby, this striking colt by War Front was scratched shortly after Derby entries were taken and was subsequently operated for an entrapped epiglottis. Idle now since winning the Grade I Arkansas Derby as the 8-5 favorite, Omaha Beach will make his much anticipated return Saturday over a track on which he broke his maiden going seven furlongs by some nine lengths three starts back on Feb. 2. A nose winner of the Grade II Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn in his next start, he’ll be sprinting for the second time in what will be his eighth career start. Although it remains uncertain as to whether or where he would run in the two-day Breeders’ Cup, Omaha Beach is training in sensational fashion and may be up to the task of winning on Saturday, despite a lack of recency.FLAGSTAFFOwner: Lane’s End Farm & Hronis Racing LLCTrainer: John SadlerAn impressive half length allowance winner going six furlongs at Del Mar on Aug. 18, this lightly raced 5-year-old gelding by Speightstown is on the upswing and looms dangerous for solid connections in what will be his first stakes assignment. With two wins from three sprint starts at Santa Anita, Flagstaff, who will be ridden for the fourth consecutive time by Victor Espinoza, is 7-3-2-1 overall.THE GRADE I SANTA ANITA SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS FROM THE RAIL OUTRace 9 of 10 Approximate post time 4:30 p.m. PTOne Flew South–Evin Roman–118Omaha Beach–Mike Smith–122Shancelot–Emisael Jaramillo–120Flagstaff–Victor Espinoza–121California Street–Drayden Van Dyke–121Horse Greedy–Martin Pedroza–121For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.